Saluda Co. sheriff warns residents about shoddy contracting work

By Jillian Capobianco - bio | email

SALUDA COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Saluda County Sheriff Jason Booth is taking a stand against a group he says is responsible for shoddy contracting work around the county.

Booth calls the group the "Irish Travelers" and says they go door to door looking for work. He is warning residents about this group trying to solicit work throughout the county.

"I just want all the viewers to know these folks are up to no good when they come to your house," said Booth.

The sheriff says the Irish Travelers live in North Augusta. Booth accuses the group of traveling the state and doing sub par work.

In June, two men showed up to Tim Taylor's home offering to pave his driveway.

"They were trying to get started working and I kept tell them I wanted them to leave and they wouldn't leave," said Taylor.

Taylor filed a police report. The men listed are Pete Riley and Huey Boswell, but no charges have been filed. We asked Riley about the accusations.

"I want you to understand too, that this is racist," said Riley.

Riley said the Irish Travelers are just like anyone else and he won't be intimidated by the sheriff.

"This is America," said Riley. "Yes it is the land of the free, so I can go where I want, when I want if I want to do some work for someone I will because I do good work."

Jim Knight with the South Carolina Labor and Licensing Bureau says neither Pete Riley or Huey Boswell have licenses in this state.

So how do you make sure you don't fall for a home renovation problem?

  • Ask the contractor for referrals.
  • Insist on a detailed contract, including agreed-up start and finish dates.
  • Be wary of a contractor if they solicit door-to door or have left of materials from a previous job.
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